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Departaments and Divisions

The Division of Geotechnology

Head of Division

Radosław Tarkowski

Prof., D. Sc., Eng. Radosław Tarkowski, (Polski) profesor
Room no.: 119
Phone: (+48)12 617-16-36
Cell.: (+48)698-644-339

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Who we are

The Division of Geotechnology of the MEERI PAS has existed since 2003. Its activity is focused on various aspects related to the underground storage of industrial gases (CO2 and hydrogen). The aspects related to the identification of industrial sources of  CO2 emissions in Poland, the assessment and modelling of geological structures for underground storage and the broadly understood assessment of the environmental impact of projects related to gas capture and geological sequestration play an important role in the research and development activities of the team.


Scientific and research activity

The research activity of the Division focuses on:

  • Possibilities and potential assessment of underground storage of H2 and CO2 in Poland,
  • Identification, and characterization of appropriate geological structures in porous media (deep aquifers and depleted hydrocarbon deposits) and in salt caverns,
  • Investigation of the influence of H2 and CO2 on reservoir rocks and the sealing rocks,
  • Modeling of H2 and CO2 injection into deep aquifers structures,
  • Environmental impact assessment of underground storage of H2 and CO2,
  • Potential assessment of the underground storage in salt caverns (including H2),
  • Possibility of underground disposal of radioactive waste in deep geological structures.

Members of the Geotechnology Division team are authors of several dozen articles and scientific publications in renowned international and national journals, including monographs in Polish and English.

In the indicated scientific and research field, the Division cooperates with national and foreign universities and scientific and research institutions (AGH University of Science and Technology, Lublin University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Polish Geological Institute, BRGM, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and others).

Research and development and service activities

The Division team participated in several EU projects regarding underground CO2 and H2 storage (CO2SINK, EU GeoCapacity, CO2StoP, CO2ReMoVe, Hystories) and several national projects (financed by the National Science Center and the Ministry of the Environment).

The team has carried out scientific studies and expert opinions for the major energy and raw material companies in Poland, including:

  • Vattenfall Poland (Modelling of CO2 injection into the Dzierżanowo structure; analysis of the geological structure of Bielsko-Bodzanów in terms of the storage capacity of CO2 generated in heat and power plants belonging to Vattenfall Poland SA; geological characteristics of the Żyrów-Czachówek structure and determination of reservoir parameters in the Bodzanów GN-2, Bodzanów GN-3 and Bielsk-2 boreholes in terms of CO2 storage; preliminary analysis of potential geological structures for CO2 storage from the Puławy region; characteristics of the potential for CO2 storage structures in the Kwidzyń area),
  • PBG Geophysical Exploration Ltd (Selection of structures in saline aquifers for geological storage of CO2 in Poland; determining the location and the estimated storage capacity),
  • KGHM Polska Miedź (Analysis of CO2 sequestration methods and alternative methods of obtaining assigned amount units under KGHM conditions; in-depth analysis of capture, transport, and injection of selected gas streams containing CO2),
  • Polska Grupa Energetyczna (Assessment of geological and deposit conditions and risks related to the involvement of the PGE SA in a shale gas exploration project in an area covered by concessions),
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières–BRGM (Expertise related to the inventory of suitable and/or potential underground storage sites for CO2 in the neighborhood of the major Arcelor Mittal plants in Poland).

Our services

We have competencies and knowledge in terms of assessing the potential of underground carbon and hydrogen storage. Thanks to constantly developing competencies, we offer the following scientific and research and development services:

  • Evaluation and selection of geological structures for underground CO2 and H2 storage in Poland (geospatial data analysis),
  • Assessment of the potential for underground CO2 and H2 storage in deep oil, gas, and aquifer structures, and salt caverns (in bedded salt deposits, and salt domes),
  • Evaluation of the CO2 and H2 impact on the reservoir and sealing rocks in a reservoir and quasi-reservoir conditions,
  • Monitoring of underground storage of CO2, (leakages detection),
  • Modeling of CO2 and H2 injection to selected geological structures,
  • Environmental impact assessment of underground CO2 and H2